Sunday, April 6, 2014

Looking for Some "Egg"- Ceptional Mini Station Ideas?


Have you ever considered what you can do with plastic eggs? Students love these little containers so turn them into quick and easy learning stations that make learning fun. These containers are super cheap right after Easter so be on high alert!
Here are some of the ideas I put together today: 






My kindergarten teachers loved these little math and literacy stations and I had so much fun using them with some of their students. What is it about "little pieces" that kids love so much? I had some of these plastic eggs from last year but I bought more at Walmart recently. Usually I buy them at the Dollar Store but they had slim pickings this year. The baskets that I put them in are from their and you get 3 of them for a buck. I am going to make these a flash freebie this week for a few days and then I will put them in my TpT store. 
What is your best idea for these eggs? Leave me a comment and come back for the freebie if you can use these. They are aligned to the Common Core and all of them have student response sheets. I hope you like these ideas as much as I do!









88 comments:

Karyn said...

Wow Fran these centers look amazing! I only have the carrot and duck "eggs." I'll have to check other Walmart's for the others because they are too cute! In the past I used them for addition centers and for counting money. I adore your creations! :o)

Karyn
Kideducator@comcast.net

ronnie said...

I would put cvc words in them and have the kinders "write the room." vhair61215@gmail.com

Tracey said...

I love the eggs! I'll have to go look for them and use them for simple centers like you did! Thank you!

Ms. Lopez said...

Cute ideas! I love the froggie numbers set. I will have to go check out Walmart!

Michele said...

I would have a hunt for eggs with a special task in each egg (write your first/last name etc.).
Your ideas are great!

Michele said...

Children pick and match with another child - problem and sum, lower case/upper case letters, etc.
Thanks, Fran, you are awesome.

Maureen McHugh said...

Thanks for the great ideas Fran - I would use them for magnetic letter sorts ( working on tricky vowel sounds !)

Maureen McHugh said...

Hi Fran thanks for all the great ideas ! I would use the eggs for tricky vowel sorts with pictures...

Mrs. Maxey's Classroom said...

Looks like I am shopping for eggs today! So cute and awesome activities for the kiddos! thanks

alli said...

We use them for onset/rime activities! So fun! Thanks for sharing!

Lori C said...

Wow! My kinders can use some fun egg activites to get them through this week before Spring Break. Thanks.

Stephanie Turner said...

These look amazing!! I love to use manipulatives that make learning exciting and fun!!

Colleen said...

Great ideas Fran! I would use them for a rhyming game and the response sheet would have them spell the rhyming pairs.

Mrs. Tolbert said...

I love your ideas! I would use the clear ones to hold dice for math games and I would also use them for an cvc egg hunt in the classroom. Thanks for sharing!
Jada
Daisy Days for Learning

ryannjenn said...

How fun! My kinders would love this :)

Julie Plowman said...

Thanks for posting before Easter so I can be on the lookout before quantities at stores run out! Such simple ideas, but will bring HUGE delight!

Claudine said...

So cute! My little ones would love these.
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Kimberly Callahan said...

I have used eggs for a sight word hunt. Kids find the word, read it and then get to keep the treat inside. Once they find all of the eggs (1 of each color per student), they earn a "bonus egg" which is a large egg with a treat. They can keep the bonus egg but they turn the others in for me to reuse. I am also doing a team-building activity this year. Each table group needs to find 25 eggs - in each egg is a puzzle piece. They then work collaboratively to put the puzzle together. Loving these ideas you created!

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Rachael said...

Such great ideas! I love using eggs for initial/medial/or ending sounds in words.

kathleen wright said...

I just stocked up on eggs again. Perfect timing! Thanks.

ltschaepe said...

Love these ideas, especially the ones using the "frog" eggs! Going to try them with my Kinders.

WildCat 5 said...

Hi Fran. I like putting magnet letters for sight words in them. Children unscramble the word and write it on an egg on the recording sheet and color the egg the same color as the plastic egg. The plastic eggs are numbered and the ones on the recording sheet are also numbered. Cynthia Hart

reed said...

Great/cute ideas! I have done addition/subtraction problems and answers with eggs.

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Nancy said...

Great ideas. If I can find the eggs at my Walmart I
plan to copy all of your ideas.
Thank you!

Jorene said...

These are adorable! I am trying to locate these in TPT and they are not there. Also, i am trying to grab the freebie, but can not do that either! Help! :)

kbrokaw said...

You are so creative! I love these ideas!

lknix said...

Outstanding, as usual! Great for fun learning with CVC words and addition and subtraction. Thank you so much!

Vonda Mellott said...

These are perfect Spring activities for my kinder kiddos!

Beadboard said...

I like to make "shakers" out of Easter eggs to create a different type of "listening" center! Create sets of 2 by tucking paper clips, cotton balls, aquarium gravel etc. & the students shake & listen to find the 2 eggs which match. smskdg@hotmail.com

Beadboard said...

I like to make "shakers" out of Easter eggs to create a different type of "listening" center! Create sets of 2 by tucking paper clips, cotton balls, aquarium gravel etc. & the students shake & listen to find the 2 eggs which match. smskdg@hotmail.com

angela said...

Oh my gosh....LOVE THEM!!! I am running out tonight to look for those eggs!!!! My kiddos would love them!!

Vonda Mellott said...

Fun, fun, fun (and educational too)

Megan said...

We love using eggs in my classroom. I also use the dice in clear eggs game. I also "hide" things in eggs and have kids write about they think is in them.

Lili said...

Fran, I am so excited to buy theses centers. I have the frog eggs. I love how I can count on you to have great centers to meet the common core standards, fun and easy to manage. Thanks for sharing all your ideas.

Nancy said...

I'm always looking to update my centers and I am always looking for new ideas! Next week I'm teaching my kinders about oviparous animals and this will be perfect!

Ron Kuball said...

These centers are awesome!! They are easy to differ for all types of learners!! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!

Ron Kuball said...

Thank you for creating wonderful centers that can be used with all learners!!

Jessica Duff said...

I am truly amazed at all you create. Everything is so thoughtfully constructed and is of quality.

connie said...

I would love these - now to get to the store and buy all those eggs!! I adore the froggys :)
Thanks a bunch!!
Connie

Lorine Linde said...

Thanks for all the ideas, Fran! I have used plastic eggs for beginning sounds. I put a small object in each of 24 eggs (one egg for one sound) then have the students "crack" open the egg, identify the beginning sound of the object and put the object into the corresponding beginning letter on a plastic Easter egg tray. The kids love the hidden objects! I have a small apple, button, cat earring, dog pin, etc.

Cindy Pierce said...

OOO, love it! It would be perfect for rhyming words!
Cindy

Cindy Pierce said...

LOVE it! I would use them for rhyming words!

Kim said...

These are adorable. I would put two dice in them and use them as a shaker to add the dice together.

Kim Rogers said...

I love to use different "holiday" containers like these eggs to do sight word scrambles. I put the individual letters in each one and the kids have to put the sight word back together. Love these eggs you showed!

maripielow said...

They love using centers with eggs. I have them build words from the letters inside.

maripielow said...

They love building words from letters inside the egg.

MrsKinne said...

These are adorable!

Huskergirl said...

Thanks for the great ideas! I would use them for math and literacy. I would have the kids match a number to the corresponding dot picture. I think it would also be fun to make word family eggs. By sliding the onset around, the kids could make new words.

Pamela Lusk said...

I could so use these. I use eggs for cvc words.

Pamela Lusk said...

I would love these,

Huskergirl said...

I think they would also be great for compound words.

rooneyhunt said...

Your activities look great! I just bought the carrot containers this year and put in cut up letters that spell sight words. In my eggs, I have put letters that spell cvc words. The kids have to build them and then write and illustrate on a recording sheet.
~ Amy

amber said...

These are so cute! And I haven't seen the frog ones before - I'll have to look for them! I'm thinking about my first grade kiddos and how each egg could have the letters to spell one of their words for the week and they have to unscramble it. Ooh, I could call it "scrambled eggs!"

Cindy said...

I admire all your wonderful differentiated ideas for hands-on learning!

Sarah said...

These look fantastic. So cute, I've put sight words in them and had the students hunt for them.

Linda Ferrell said...

I would use these eggs for sight word practice, matching pictures with the correct word. My kiddos would LOVE learning with the different activities.linda.ferrell@mcpherson.com

Lori said...

I use the eggs for ordering numbers, cvc words, and word families. The kids love them!

Tina Almirantearena said...

I use the plastic eggs to match numbers with number values. I also use the eggs for onset and rime activities.

Dacia said...

These look great! I love that they are common core aligned…kids love anything they can open and I love that they are learning!

Terry Yordan said...

I am heading for Walmart after school tomorrow. Hoping they still have some of these goodies. My Dollar Store had nothing. It is not a very big one.
THYordan@aol.com

John said...

I use eggs to put letters in for sight words and then they have yo unscramble the word.

Brandynewegman said...

I use Eggs to hold letters and the kids make sights words.

Brandynewegman said...

I use the eggs and put scrabble letters in them and kids unscramble the words. They love it!

Will and KB's mom said...

I use them for word families.

Fran Kramer said...

Okay friends,
You are all incredible and so clever with all these ideas. I love it. I do not have these up for the flash freebie yet. I still have to finish up the documents. Thanks for your generous words and stay connected. I want to show you one more... I can't resist! Have you seen the carrots? I am in love with those!
I love you all,
Fran

KinderKapers said...

I have those carrots! I love love love them (I use them with your center)! I bought the polka dots over spring break and was wondering what to do with them. Now I need to go on a search for the frogs. Just putting letter tiles in the eggs and making words is fun. For math I take some eggs and a tin/basket of some sort and use them to play a missing addend game. Count your eggs, hide some in the basket, and the others guess (figure out) how many you have hidden.

Terri Izatt
KinderKapers

Ellen said...

I found some packages of small eggs that I was thinking of putting into bigger eggs and then they could count and record the number of little eggs.

Cindy said...

I love Easter eggs too. I like to put different sight words in them and have the students "write the room" as they go on an egg hunt. So fun.

Blacklock's Second Grade Stars said...

Love your center ideas!! I like to have letter tiles in the eggs and have the kiddos solve for the mystery sight word. I also have the kids roll dice inside and add them together.

Melissa

Luella said...

I use for unscrambling words. I do different levels. Cvc,cvc,sight words, blends, diagraphs, etc.

Lisa Giuliano said...

Super cute! Who couldn't resist these great ideas! thanks for sharing!

Yvette said...

I just discovered your blog...WOW! I can't wait to implement some of your ideas in my classroom.

I would use the eggs for a sight word hunt around the room. Students find the egg and build the word with letters.

ylgarcia11@gmail.com

Thank you!

BeverlyP said...

Wow! These are great!! I have used egg before, I put sight words in them and ending sounds.

Cindy Pierce said...

Thanks for the freebie! I LOVE your stuff! pierceck@gmail.com

ladyd said...

WoulD Love To Have These For My Class!

Karen said...

These are great! I already have all the eggs. Love your stuff. Thanks for freebies!

Karen said...

These are great. Thanks for sharing. Love your stuff.

Karen said...

Thanks for you ideas. You are so creative. I have the eggs already. Now I have great activities to go with them.

alwayslearning said...

Thsnk you so much for all of these great ideas! My kiddos wilsllh love it!

Cindy said...

Fran, as always...these look GREAT!
Trying to make sure I didn't miss them. ;-) Thanks!

Allison Smith said...

Great ideas Fran! I just bought some eggs last week and wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with them....now I know! Thank you! :)

pinkie817 said...

I also use plastic eggs for Science. I put a picture of an animal on the outside and the kids have to open the eggs to read "yes" or "no" written on the inside as to whether that animal hatches from an egg. They follow up by drawing animals that hatch from eggs/do not hatch from eggs.

K Weiner said...

I would put a die in the frog and have students complete ten frames or make tally marks for the number rolled. You could use two dice and student can write addition sentences.

Susie Rommelfanger said...

I can't find them on TPT? Do you have them all in one file? What is called? I would love to purchase!!!!

Fran Kramer said...

They are all separate files. Go to my TpT store and you will see all of them... Spilling Words, Do Bunnies Make Sounds, Ordering Eggs, and the best one is Growing Syllables. They
are all super cheap and easy to put together. Enjoy!

Katie Knight said...

Fran you are brilliant!!!!!! I love the eggs and SMART centers! Hmmm 4 eggs and 4 kids in a collaborative learning team.... do I spy collaboration???? LOVE LOVE LOVE this post (and you)
Love Katie